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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

    Pandemic Economy: Best of Business Wars Daily

    Pandemic Economy: Best of Business Wars Daily

    COVID-19 has flipped the economy on its head. But the pandemic’s new normal has also created new opportunities. Against all odds, some businesses are actually thriving -- and we’re not just talking about streaming companies. Today we bring you a roundup of some of our favorite recent stories from our weekday news podcast, Business Wars Daily. 

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    • 26 min
    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.

    Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”

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    • 4 min
    Gallo: Godfather Of Wine | The Gallo Family Today

    Gallo: Godfather Of Wine | The Gallo Family Today

    When Ernest and Joseph Gallo died in 2007, decades after their brother Julio, it put an end to a family saga that had stretched for the better part of a century. But the company the brothers founded is still going strong. On the show this week is Cyril Penn, Editor In Chief of Wine Business Monthly, a trade magazine for the wine industry. We’ll talk about the current state of the Gallo Family wine brand and how it fits in the wider California wine industry. Plus, we’ll bring in Barbara Bogaev, who wrote this series, for a quick chat about how she researched the story. 

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    • 32 min
    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Wine is Thicker Than Blood

    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Wine is Thicker Than Blood

    It’s the 1980’s and Gallo rockets to the top of the new lucrative wine cooler market with a brilliant ad campaign for its Bartles and Jaymes brand.  But long held resentments, buried secrets and lurking distrust bubble up to the surface when the “unknown Gallo brother,” Joe, Jr., launches a cheese business under the label of Joseph Gallo. Now Ernest, Julio and Joe Jr. fight a final bitter trademark battle in court over the family fortune and legacy. 

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    • 28 min
    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Grapes of Wrath

    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Grapes of Wrath

    Heading into the turbulent 1960s, Ernest Gallo attempts to conquer the Midwestern wine market by taking on a dangerous associate of Al Capone in Chicago. 

    As the company grows, the two Gallos join forces in consolidating their control over the family empire and edging their younger brother, Joe, Jr, out of the family business. But just as Gallo reaches the pinnacle of the industry, it gets caught in the middle of a major labor rights battle. Cesar Chavez and his United Farmworkers are fighting with the Teamsters union over who will represent grape pickers. Chavez’s Gallo Boycott is poised to become the company’s biggest public relations challenge yet.

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    • 27 min
    Introducing a Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: SAT vs. ACT

    Introducing a Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: SAT vs. ACT

    Each year, over ten million students in the United States apply to college. The SAT and ACT were designed to help standardize the college admissions process. But today, they are fraught with accusations of discrimination and fraud. The question is: would the tests be a gateway for many, or the elite few? We’ll unpack all of that and more in the newest Wondery Plus exclusive season of Business Wars: SAT vs ACT.

    Listen to this exclusive season of Business Wars, SAT vs. ACT on Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. Download it today: https://wondery.app.link/satbwfd

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.7K Ratings

9.7K Ratings

queendomhuh ,

Great Binge Listen

Discovered this podcast about two weeks ago, and I already listened to four seasons. Amazing storytelling and pacing. My favorite season so far is Blockbuster vs. Netflix.

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Great podcast

Lowe’s vs Home Depot might be interesting

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Disappointing

Low on content, high on sensationalism, and poorly presented.

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